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Today's News

  • IL Santa enjoys bringing Christmas magic

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    INDIAN LAND – As Christmas Eve dawned chilly and cloudy, the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department was alive with activity as volunteers  loaded firetrucks, U-Haul trucks and other vehicles with gifts and food to be delivered in the Panhandle area during the 21st annual Panhandle Christmas Drive.
    Both Pleasant Valley and Indian Land volunteer fire departments participate in the event, which begins when names are placed on an angel tree by Indian Land schools.  

  • Football stars had brilliant season

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation 9-10 all-star football team’s season didn’t end the way it wanted, but the team’s run was quite stunning.
    The 9-10 stars fell to defending state champion city of Florence in the S.C. Athletic Programs Division II state champion game at Florence Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 8.
    Florence built a 12-0 halftime lead on the way to the 20-0 win over the Lancaster County stars.
    Florence scored on its first two possessions on the way to the win.

  • FEMA awards county $1 million

    The county’s fire service is set to receive a boost in manpower from a recently awarded federal grant that will help fund 10 paid firefighters.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder confirmed the grant Thursday, Dec. 27.

    “The fire service just received a $1 million grant for paid firefighters during the daytime hours,” Blackwelder said.

  • House to reconvene on Sunday

    House leader Rep. John Boehner has called U.S. House District 5 Congressman Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land and other congressmen to head back to Washington, D.C., as the deadline for the so-called “fiscal cliff” looms.

    Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid said Thursday morning he doubts there will be enough time for the Senate and House to reach a deal in the upcoming days.

    During a phone conversation Thursday afternoon, Mulvaney said Boehner asked House Republicans to cut the holiday break short and return to work.

  • Two more fires, another fire fatality in county

    KERSHAW – A house fire claimed the life of a Kershaw man Thursday morning, Dec. 27, the second deadly fire in Lancaster County in less than a week. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said firefighters were dispatched to 304 E. Marion Street at 10:04 a.m. Thursday after a passerby saw smoke coming from the home and called 911.

    Once inside the house, and despite the fact that the fire had been contained relatively quickly, firefighters discovered the body of 34-year-old Adam Whitley in the living room.

  • Police investigate armed robbery at Pelican Prints

    Police continue to investigate an armed robbery that occurred at a Lancaster business last week.

    An officer came to Pelican Prints, 1106 W. Meeting St., just before 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21, to speak with a man inside the business.

    The man said that he and a woman were inside when two armed men entered the building, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The man said the assailants ordered he and the woman, at gunpoint, to lie on the floor and hand over all of their money.

  • Fort Lawn fire station to get much-needed repairs

    FORT LAWN – The Fort Lawn Fire Department has a decrepit ceiling at its fire station that is threatening three fire apparatus housed inside but county officials have initiated the process to make the long-needed improvements, said Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey.

  • FOIA change may be in the works

    A bill recently pre-filed in the S.C. House of Representatives would amend the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to make government much more transparent and responsive.

     This is the second attempt by Rep. Bill Taylor (R-Aiken) to reform the FOIA. 

    Last spring his similar bill won approval in the House by a 101-1 vote, but stalled in the State Senate in the final days of the legislative session.

  • Lady Jackets rip Devils in tournament opener

     

       

    The Buford High School Lady Jackets were impressive in launching defense of their title in the annual Comporium Christmas Classic at Andrew Jackson High School on Thursday, Dec. 28.

  • Bruin wrestlers look to improve

     Lancaster High second-year wrestling coach Leon Boulware has been pleased with the work of the LHS grapplers for the better part of the 2012 season, but not their latest mat outing.